Pete Buttigieg thanks his husband at his historic Senate confirmation hearing

Pete Buttigieg at the Senate confirmation hearing with his husband Chasten behind him
Pete Buttigieg at the Senate confirmation hearing with his husband Chasten behind him Photo: Screenshot/ABC News

The first out gay nominee for a Cabinet secretary position just had a hearing in a Senate committee where he thanked his husband for his support.

Former South Bend, Indiana mayor and Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg appeared before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee this morning in a historic moment for LGBTQ people and discussed the  details of transportation policy.

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In a heartfelt moment during his opening statement, Buttigieg thanked his husband Chasten Buttigieg – who was sitting right behind him, wearing a mask – for his support in the process.

“I’d like to take a moment to introduce my husband Chasten Buttigieg, who is here with me today,” Pete Buttigieg said. “I’m really proud to have him by my side.”

“I also want to take this chance to thank him for his many sacrifices and his support in making it possible for me to pursue public service.”

LGBTQ people on social media recognized the importance of the moment and many were proud of the representation.

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